It’s official. After three years in the wilderness (Princeton and Brooklyn), we’re moving back to Philadelphia at the end of the month. The nice thing about being a freelancer reporter and blogger is that I can really work from anywhere, and the cost of living in Philly is much lower than in New York. Plus, we know the city, its institutions, and most importantly, where to get a good vegan cheesesteak.
Plus, there’s no guarantee the truck will be there at all. The $195 reservation guarantees the price, not the availability of a truck.
So I called Budget truck rentals, and found that for $275, I could choose a pickup location, but again I wouldn’t find out for certain that a truck was available until I attempt to go pick it up. Also not cool.
The only company that actually offers a guarantee that your truck will be available is Penske. But when I tried to book a truck from the company’s web site, the quoted rate was $728. For a less than 100 mile move. I called Penske to find out what gives and was told that the rates are based on the availability of trucks. And right now they don’t have very many trucks in the Northeast. They do try to match the rates of other companies, but after telling them that U-Haul was offering me a $195 deal, the best they could do was to bring the price down to $475.
So now we have to decide… do we gamble with U-Haul, is Budget likely to be any better, or do we just try to find movers who can handle the whole thing for us? Because it’s unlikely that it will cost more to pay movers than it would cost to rent a $475 truck and pay two separate moving companies.
Thoughts? Advice? Anyone?
Update: We’ve decided to hire movers. It will cost a pretty penny, but at least now we don’t have to decide what to do with our economic stiumulus check.